Bentley Primary School recognises that the welfare of each child is paramount and takes seriously its responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children and young people in its care.
The school has the following published safeguarding statement which is available on the website and is also listed in any recruitment paper work, whether voluntary or paid.
“Bentley Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All staff, governors and volunteers are subject to Criminal Records Bureau checks along with other relevant employment checks.”
Bentley adopts the definition of safeguarding used in the Children Act 2004, and in the government’s guidance document Working together to safeguard children.
This is summarised as:
- protecting children and young people from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children and young people’s health or development
- ensuring that children and young people are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
- undertaking this role so as to enable those children and young people to have optimum life chances and to enter adulthood successfully
An agreed definition of safeguarding is:
‘All agencies take all reasonable measures to ensure that the risks of harm to children’s welfare are minimised. Where there are concerns, all agencies take action to address those concerns, working to agreed local policies and procedures in full partnership with other local agencies’ - Joint Chief Inspectors’ report 2002.
Promoting welfare involves ‘creating opportunities to enable children to have optimum life chances in adulthood’ – Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families (Government guidance 2000).
The staff at Bentley and the school’s Governing Body will act in accordance with Section 175 of the Education Act 2002 and the supporting statutory guidance ‘Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education’ (2006) to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in this school.
All children have the right to be safeguarded from harm or exploitation whatever their
- race, religion, first language or ethnicity
- gender or sexuality
- health or disability
- political or immigration status
Governors, staff and volunteers in this school understand the importance of working in partnership with children, their parents/carers and other agencies in order to promote children’s welfare.
The purpose of this policy is to:
- afford protection for the children at Bentley Primary School
- enable staff and volunteers to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
- promote a culture which makes this school a safer place to learn
This policy applies to the headteacher, all staff (including supply and peripatetic staff), students, volunteers, governors or anyone working within the school.
We will endeavour to safeguard children and young people by:
- valuing them, listening to and respecting them
- involving them in decisions which affect them
- making sure all staff and volunteers are aware of and committed to the Safe-guarding Policy and child protection procedures
- sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know, also involving children and their parents/carers appropriately
- recruiting staff and volunteers safely, following safer recruitment guidelines and ensuring all necessary checks are made
- adopting a code of conduct for all staff and volunteers
- providing effective management through induction, support and training
- ensuring staff and volunteers understand about ‘whistle blowing’
- dealing appropriately with allegations/concerns about staff or volunteers, in accordance with Government guidance
At Bentley Primary School safeguarding is also covered within other policies including:
Health and Safety
Harassment and discrimination
Meeting the needs of pupils with medical conditions
Drug and substance misuse
Special Educational Needs